Keeping a healthy and active mind can be a challenge as you age. Here are a few tips to help keep your mind sharp!
1. Repeat what you have learned. When you want to remember something you’ve just heard, read, or thought about, repeat it out loud or write it down. That way, you reinforce the memory. If you place one of your belongings somewhere other than its usual spot, tell yourself out loud where you have placed it.
2. Play games. Games like puzzles, word searches or cross words are great ways to keep your mind working. Bylooking for something specific, your brain is focusing on an individual task, which is similar to working out another part of your body.
3. Stay physically active. Doing a physical activity such as swimming, lifting weights or even walking is great for keeping your mind, as well as your body in shape.
4. Sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for a healthy mind, especially memory. It is recommended to get 7-9 hours of good sleep per night. Good sleep is defined as uninterrupted REM sleep, your deepest stage of sleep.